Experimental infection of bats with Geomyces destructans causes white-nose syndrome

@article{Lorch2011ExperimentalIO,
  title={Experimental infection of bats with Geomyces destructans causes white-nose syndrome},
  author={Jeffrey M. Lorch and Carol Uphoff Meteyer and Melissa J. Behr and Justin G. Boyles and Paul M. Cryan and Alan C. Hicks and Anne Ballmann and Jeremy T. H. Coleman and David N. Redell and D. M. Reeder and David S. Blehert},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2011},
  volume={480},
  pages={376-378}
}
White-nose syndrome (WNS) has caused recent catastrophic declines among multiple species of bats in eastern North America. The disease’s name derives from a visually apparent white growth of the newly discovered fungus Geomyces destructans on the skin (including the muzzle) of hibernating bats. Colonization of skin by this fungus is associated with characteristic cutaneous lesions that are the only consistent pathological finding related to WNS. However, the role of G. destructans in WNS… 
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